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Six key figures that question fairness of CQC ratings for GPs
Are CQC inspections fair for GP practices? GPonline looks back at data from the first round of CQC GP inspections to investigate how factors outside practices' control influence their ratings. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Up to one in 12 NHS hospitals were completely full at times last week
Every single bed was occupied in as many as 8% of hospitals across England at times during last week, official NHS data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GMC announces discounts for newly-qualified doctors
Newly-qualified doctors applying for GMC registration this April will save almost £1,200 over the next six years through discounted fees, the regulator has announced. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS officials 'evaluating case' for extending GP training to four years
GP training could be extended to four years under a new government workforce strategy, Health Education England (HEE) has revealed, in a move welcomed by the RCGP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: GPs told to reduce hospital referrals as winter pressure hits NHS
GPs have been ordered to reduce hospital referrals and patients have been diverted back to practices from A&E as winter pressures start to drive up primary care workload. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GMC sets conditions for taking on regulation of physician associates
The GMC has indicated it is open to regulating physician associates, as the government moves to introduce regulation for medical associate professions (MAPs). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs urged to step up MMR vaccination as measles outbreaks spread
Public Health England (PHE) has urged patients to ensure they have received the MMR vaccine from their GP, after declaring an outbreak of the disease is underway across England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Viral infections Source Type: news

Submit your session ideas for the RCGP Annual Conference 2018
You can now submit your ideas for sessions at the RCGP Annual Conference in Glasgow, with four new streams and an expanded clinical CPD stream. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Partners hand back contract at 17,000-patient Bristol practice
GP partners at an inner-city Bristol practice serving 17,000 patients have handed in their notice, warning that six-figure funding cuts will leave them unable to maintain 'a fair and adequate service to our patients'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS 'teetering on the brink' East London GPs tell Jeremy Hunt
Scores of East London GPs have signed a letter to health secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens warning that health service funding for their area has fallen far behind the needs of patients. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Map: CQC ratings for every GP practice in England
Find out how GP practices across England performed in the CQC's first round of inspections using GPonline's interactive map. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

How will CQC inspections change for GPs in 2018?
The CQC is overhauling the way it inspects general practice. GPonline explains how the system will change and looks at the impact on GPs and their teams. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Practice Source Type: news

Higher deprivation linked to lower CQC ratings, analysis suggests
Practices in areas with high deprivation struggle to perform as well in CQC inspections as those in more affluent areas, a GPonline analysis suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs fear NHS crisis with hospitals full at start of winter
GP leaders have warned that practices will face pressure to limit referrals and a rise in workload after official NHS data showed that scores of hospitals are already stretched to the limit with winter just beginning. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Voting begins on new GP contract for Scotland
Doctors' leaders have called on every GP and GP trainee in Scotland to have their say from Thursday in a ballot on a new contract deal for general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Campaigners prepare judicial review to block roll-out of ACOs
Campaigners hoping to block the rollout of American-style accountable care organisations (ACOs) in the NHS have begun fundraising for a legal challenge that could begin this month. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Cameron Fund's Christmas appeal aims to help GPs facing financial hardship
Dr David Wrigley explains how GPs can donate to the Cameron Fund's Christmas appeal and help support colleagues facing financial difficulty. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Viewpoint Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with year-long diet programme
An intensive diet intervention programme delivered in primary care over one year is enough to reverse type 2 diabetes - even among those who have had the condition for years - a landmark study has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.6 Metabolic Problems Source Type: news

How can GPs access the winter indemnity scheme?
This is the third year NHS England has run the winter indemnity scheme, which aims to cover the cost of indemnity for GPs working out-of-hours sessions. GPonline explains how the scheme works. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

NHS winter crisis: Patients will have to 'sleep, take paracetamol and pray'
GPs are deeply concerned about how the NHS will cope with additional pressure this winter. Responses below from GPs across the UK who took part in a GPonline survey lift the lid on practices' fears and ways they hope to mitigate the crisis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Deprivation is biggest driver of missed GP appointments, research finds
GPs have warned against fining patients for missed appointments, after researchers found that socioeconomic deprivation is the biggest indicator that patients are likely to miss multiple GP visits. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Two thirds of GPs say their practice will struggle to cope this winter
More than two out of three GPs say their practice will struggle to cope this winter, amid warnings that seasonal pressure on top of what the BMA has called a 'year-round NHS crisis' will put patients at risk. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

RCGP elects new vice chair
The RCGP council has elected Dr Mike Holmes to the new role of vice chair (membership). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Contract could spark resignations despite green light from Scottish LMCs
Some GPs have warned they are ready to quit the profession over the proposed new contract for Scotland, despite strong support for the deal at a special LMCs conference on Friday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

How personalised support is helping GP trainees pass re-sits of the CSA and AKT
New ways of preparing for the MRCGP have dramatically improved the success rates of GP trainees re-sitting their exams. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Scottish government pledges £100m to support new GP contract in 2018
Scottish health secretary Shona Robison has pledged £100m funding to support the proposed new GP contract for Scotland from 2018 and a recruitment drive to boost GP numbers by 800 over the coming decade. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Will recruiting GPs from overseas help tackle the workforce crisis?
NHS England plans to recruit 2,000 overseas GPs by 2020, but how has the scheme worked in pilot areas and will it make a difference to overstretched practices? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

New contract can make general practice sustainable, says Scottish GP leader
The leader of Scotland's GPs will tell the profession on Friday that a proposed new contract can 'lay the groundwork for a sustainable future for general practice' and lift the profession out of crisis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

The 18 items on NHS England's prescribing 'blacklist'
Guidance from NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners recommends that the following 18 items are no longer prescribed on the NHS in primary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

The 18 items on NHS England's prescribing blacklist
Guidance from NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners recommends that the following 18 items are no longer prescribed on the NHS in primary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

NHS confirms low value treatment blacklist and plans OTC prescribing limits
GPs should no longer prescribe 18 'low value treatments', including fish oil, herbal remedies and homeopathy, and could face further restrictions on prescribing OTC medicines for self-limiting conditions in the new year, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

State-backed GP indemnity scheme to be administered by NHS Resolution
The DH has confirmed that NHS Resolution - the organisation that runs the health service's indemnity scheme for hospital doctors - has been appointed to administer a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Rural GPs in Scotland fear new contract will lead to 'extinction'
Rural GPs in Scotland have hit out at the country's proposed new GP contract ahead of a special LMCs conference on Friday to debate the deal, warning it puts them at risk of 'extinction'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs fear over-the-counter Viagra could undermine patient care
GPs could miss out on chances to diagnose patients with serious disease under plans to make the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra available over the counter from next year, the GPC has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation Source Type: news

MPs slam NHS England 'lack of grip' over mishandled patient data
NHS England has been heavily criticised by MPs over its handling of failures that meant hundreds of thousands of items of clinical correspondence did not reach GP practices. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

MDU to provide corporate indemnity to all GP federations in Northern Ireland
A new arrangement will see the MDU providing corporate indemnity to all 17 GP federations in Northern Ireland, which cover over 330 practices in the region. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NICE asthma guidance 2017: The key points for GPs
NICE has published a new guideline on the diagnosis, monitoring and management of asthma. This is an overview of the recommendations for GPs and their teams. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Clash between respected asthma guidelines risks confusion for GPs
Significant differences between NICE's new asthma guidance and established 'gold standard' BTS/SIGN advice could cause confusion among GPs, respiratory specialists have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

NICE asthma guidance sets out plan to overhaul treatment and diagnosis
Long-awaited NICE guidance on asthma has set out plans for a significant overhaul of treatment and diagnosis of the condition, but clashes with existing advice and could prove impossible for GPs to implement immediately. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Practices continue to drop private work in face of growing workload
Just over one in five GP practices have stopped providing non-NHS services in the past 12 months because of rising workload, a survey suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Denigration of general practice rife in medical training, warns RCGP report
Medical students are being put off GP careers because more than three quarters hear senior clinicians, trainers or academics expressing negative views about general practice before their final year at medical school, a report has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Record GP recruitment in 2017 'not enough to reverse crisis'
Health Education England (HEE) has hailed GP recruitment for 2017 as the 'highest ever in NHS history', after it just missed out on hitting its target of recruiting 3,250 trainees this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Close to half of GPs aged over 55 in parts of England
Almost half of GPs are aged over 55 in parts of England, analysis of workforce data by GPonline reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP training highly rated but 1 in 3 forced to work beyond competence
GP trainees are more satisfied in their training than their secondary care counterparts, a national survey has found, but over one in three say they have had to work beyond their competence in GP posts. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Map: Which CCGs are most at risk from the GP 'retirement timebomb'?
General practice is facing a growing workforce crisis, with the proportion of GPs aged over 55 rising steadily. GPonline looks at which CCGs face the worst of what the BMA has called a 'retirement timebomb'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP flu jab uptake soars as primary care prepares for tough winter
The proportion of GPs and other primary care healthcare workers receiving the flu vaccine has climbed 18% this year as the NHS gears up for a tough winter. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Online consultations may not reduce workload, study finds
Online GP consultations may increase primary care workload and costs and will only help improve efficiency if uptake by patients dramatically increases, a new study has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs ignored in 2017 budget as NHS England hints at cuts to services
GP leaders hit out at chancellor Philip Hammond for ignoring general practice in his 2017 budget, as NHS England officials hinted that a 'disappointing' £2.8bn funding hike for the health service could force cuts. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Budget 2017: Chancellor pledges extra £2.8bn for NHS
Chancellor Philip Hammond has set out plans to invest an extra £2.8bn in the NHS by the end of 2019/20, with a £350m fund released immediately to help the health service tackle winter pressures. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Budget must supply funding for GPs to tackle winter pressures, RCGP says
The RCGP has written to chancellor Philip Hammond urging him not to overlook general practice for emergency winter funding in his autumn budget speech today. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news